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Guide to achieving the perfect Tan. Part 1 – PREPARATION

how to FAKE tan

The summer is well and truly over, but that does not mean you need to stay peely waly, far from it.
When the sun is away you can turn to the bottle, no not the wine, but that little bottle of goodness that helps give you a confidence in the way you look (still not talking about the wine) yup it’s the Fake tan bottle.
The trick to achieving the perfect tan is to make it look like of a real tan, no one should be able to guess it came from a bottle. This means no streaks, patches or orange hands! The greatest compliment is when someone asks if you have been away on your hols because it looks so natural.

Guide to the perfect tan – PREP

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There are three main steps to achieving the perfect tan;

Prep, Application & Aftercare.

In this 1st section I will look at the best hint, tips & tricks in preparation for the perfect tan.
Whether it’s for a self-tan at home, or beautiful spray tan (at home by beautyrokz) the principals for the prep and aftercare are the same.
Follow this guide and the three to come and you will be well on your way to achieving that sexy, glowing perfect tan.






Preparation is the key to success.

  • KNOW YOUR PRODUCT! Whenever you start using a new skin care product, test it Wait 12hrs to see if you have any kind of reaction. Almost all tanning products, regardless of price, use DHA to turn the skin tan. The HIGHER the concentration, the DARKER your skin will be. Use a tan with a low DHA% & plenty of moisturizer to give your skin a natural glow with a nice reflected sheen. Don’t use any old fake tan hanging around in your cupboard. It oxidises & changes colour once opened within a couple of months.
  • HAIR REMOVAL. Always perform any hair removal (waxing, shaving, etc.) at least 8 hours but preferably a day prior to applying your tan. This way your skin won’t be too sensitised & reactive to the tanning solution. Smooth skin = best results
  • VASELINE IS YOUR FRIEND. If you’re going to have a manicure / pedicure for special occasion, get it done 1st, then a light layer of Vaseline prior to tan to protect it. Dotting small amount of Vaseline to the eyebrows & hairline to stop tan sticking to these areas and prevent dodgy tide marks appearing. This is really important if your hair is very light
  • AVOID. Using oil based products for a few days before self-tanning as they can leave traces, the oil can sit on the skin and this creates a barrier, which causes streaking.
  • EXFOLIATE. EXFOLIATE. EXFOLIATE! Removing dead skin cells before tanning is vital and will help prevent splotching & uneven colouration. Use a loofah or other type of exfoliating tool to scrub your entire body. I find and exfoliating glove works best as you can get in every nook n cranny. A body scrub with sea salt or other exfoliating products also provides the optimum result, but remember make sure that are not oil based.

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  • MOSTURIZE. Most common cause of patchy tan. DRY SKIN it’s crucial to moisturize problem areas immediately prior to self-tan application. Wrists, hands, ankles & feet are often prone to dryness. Make sure you polish & moisturise them well to ensure an even tan. Don’t over scrub, but do pay extra attention to knees, ankles, feet, elbows, & neck. Self-tanners grab on to dry surface skin cells
  • CLOSE THOSE PORES. A cold (or colder) shower prior to tanning will close the pores and this will ensure that you get an even flawless tan. Rubbing ice on the face before applying fake tan closes your pores & will also help the tan application to look great.
  • EXFOLIATING AGAIN! So important it needs to be mentioned twice. Smooth skin means easy application means beautiful results.


If you follow this guide then that should set you on your way to achieving amazing results.
Plan ahead, if you have Friday / Saturday Night madness in the diary get your prep done on the Thursday and you should be looking radiant for the big night. Look out for our application and aftercare blogs soon as well as some extra tips to really pimp that tan and take it to the next level.

Please feel free to contact us on through FACEBOOK or TWITTER (look out for regular #TopTanTips) if you need any help or advice I will happily answer any questions I can.



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